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Mullins enjoys Punchestown four-timer


Jockey Paul Townend speaking with trainer Willie Mullins

Jockey Paul Townend speaking with trainer Willie Mullins

Jockey Paul Townend speaking with trainer Willie Mullins

Willie Mullins had to wait until the finale to saddle a winner at Punchestown yesterday but the champion trainer did enjoy a treble at Cork where he took all three of the Graded races on the card.

A workmanlike performance from Livelovelaugh in the concluding bumper sent favourite backers home happy from Punchestown with Mullins stating; "He's a staying type and well probably try a winners bumper with him."

The Hilly Way Chase was the feature down in Cork and Mullins won the race for a seventh time when Felix Yonger and Danny Mullins got up on the line to deny Mallowney and Robbie McNamara to get the verdict by the minimum of margins.

The winning trainer commented from Punchestown; "It was great for Danny who was very good on him to get him back up. He was able to win over two-miles on ground he supposedly doesn't like so maybe he is a horse that is improving."

Black Hercules maintained his perfect start over hurdles by following up a two-mile maiden hurdle win to land the three-mile Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle under Paul Townend.

"Black Herclues was great," stated Mullins. "He was very slick and was so good he's just a professional hurdler. He has no problem with two or three-miles but is probably more of a stayer."

The Cork treble was completed by Vroum Vroum Mag who justified long odds on to win the Grade Three Mares Novice Chase.

"She made a mistake but she got away with it and Paul was good to stay on her. She'll probably go back up in trip and we'll stick to mares races with her and she's one we're looking forward to for the season ahead."